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Pro Tip of the Week: The Golf Swing Is Like A Sidearm Throwing Motion

This Pro Tip of the Week is about how a golf swing is like a sidearm throwing motion. Darren O’Day, Ben Hogan and images from Hogan’s book “Five Lessons” help me show you the technique.   The “Pro Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. Pro Tip of the Week videos are free for a limited time period. Please consider becoming a Premium Member today, click here to become one now.   Join the forum discussion on this post

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When Last Is Not So Bad

My wife was worried. I had just finished my two rounds at the Booz-Allen Classic, the PGA Tour event that used to be held at Congressional Country Club, and she asked my friend and caddy for the week Mark Diamond what she should say if someone asked her about my finish in the tournament. “Tell them he did just fine”, Mark told her. When Mark related the conversation to me I concurred with his answer, even though I had finished dead last in the field of 156 (actually, to be fair, 4 guys withdrew after starting, so it was really 152), with scores of 79 and 73 for a total of 10 over par 152. DFL- Dead Freaking Last. A […]

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Drills: Drill Number 6 – Standard Punch Shot

Drills 1-5 have been a lead up to drill number 6 and if you’ve been doing them, filming yourself, and making sure you’re performing them correctly then drill number 6 – the standard punch shot should not be that difficult. Make certain you’ve mastered drills 1-5 before doing drill 6: Drills: Drill Number 1 – The Carry Drill Drills: Drill Number 2 – The Split Hand Punch Shot Drills: Drill Number 3 – The Preset Punch Shot Drills: Drill Number 4 – Preset Punch Shot With Preset Legs Drills: Drill Number 5 – Cut Off Punch With Shaft at 45˚ Participation in The Drills Challenge is strongly encouraged to ensure you’re properly performing each drill. Instructions for The Drills Challenge. […]

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Online Students: David Trungale Part 2

David has been working on lowering, staying deep, and using the ground. He also mentions that he’s concerned about his head moving forward in the backswing and his club twisting at the top. From the videos he’s sent in I see the same things happening. The first thing we take a look at is David’s posture and I use Adam Scott as an example of a setup I’d like him to emulate. I want David to get his weight more towards the balls of his feet and his shoulders further forward with his arms hanging more underneath him. Next we take a look at the twisting of the club at the top and see some good sequencing but a right […]

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Online Students: Shane Barnes

“To give you a flavor of my golf, my best competitive round of the year is 64 (MN State Open qualifier) and my worst was 84 today after shooting 72 yesterday in the MN state Mid-Am. My tournament average this year is 73.5. I’m producing a lot of good golf shots but my bad ones are still costing more than they should.”

As you will see in the lesson, Shane has a good handle on what his problems are. My recommendations include…

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Pro Tip of the Week: Don’t Baby Your Bunker Shots

This Pro Tip of the Week is about not babying your bunker shots. Watch the video to see Rickie Fowler demonstrate it.   The “Pro Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. Pro Tip of the Week videos are free for a limited time period. Please consider becoming a Premium Member today, click here to become one now.   Join the forum discussion on this post

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Playing for Money: Scott Neely

Scott is a former online lesson taker who decided to fly from Dallas to Maryland to spend two days with me at Lakewood. The notes you see following this paragraph are Scott’s observations he wrote down during and after the lessons. You may be wondering why there are so many things listed, and whether or not that constitutes overkill and the dreaded “thinking too much” malady, but remember that we spent 2 full days, about 12-13 hours, hitting balls and playing a bit. Scott had the time to pick my brain about every part of the swing, and while he can’t work on it all at once, I thought it was smart of him to get my ideas on a […]

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Playing For Money: David Holmes

Wayne,   Thanks for taking my call earlier. I’ll give you a rundown of my golf in the near past. I played golf at the University of Tennessee from 2006-2010. I Earned All-American honors in 2009 and had a fairly successful amateur career where my highest ranking reached 13th in the USA and 30th in the world. My ball striking was always a strong suit of my game and as soon as I became a good chipper and putter, I was able to contend in major tournaments. I turned professional in 2011 and have played three full seasons on the NGA Tour from 2011-2013. During that time I also Monday qualified for 4 Web.com events. I have really gotten by […]

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Playing for Money: Nick Price

This was a real treat for me, as you can imagine. Nick is a Hall of Famer, former #1 in the world, but has struggled recently with his driver and his results on the Champions Tour have not been up to his standards. I was in Florida at Old Palm with Brad Faxon and Brad, a good friend of Nick’s, mentioned that Nick had been hitting his driver all over the place and had taken a video of Nick’s swing. Brad showed it to me, and as you will see in this video I could tell right away what the problem was. Brad was nice enough to give Nick a call and ask him if he wanted to come over […]

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Pro Tip of the Week: Look for the Shaft Plane on Your Approach to Impact

What does it mean to look for your shaft plane on approach to impact? Watch this video featuring Sergio Garcia, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson to find out.   The “Pro Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. Pro Tip of the Week videos are free for a limited time period.Please consider becoming a Premium Member today, click here to become one now.   Join the forum discussion on this post

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